Fynbos

Groot Phesantefontein Game Ranch captured between two Plant Kingdom Worlds!!

South Africa’s Cape floral kingdom is one of the richest areas in the world for plant biodiversity.

Fynbos, the primary vegetation on the ranch which resembles wildflowers are endemic to the Western Cape
region & exist nowhere else in the world, drawing unique bird-life & mammals. An abundance of indigenous
plants such as Protea’s & Erica’s provides year-round enjoyment & color.

The Protea family is large and diverse

With over 1500 species, Protea’s come in different shapes and sizes, from shrubs to tall trees. Protea’s are also known as sugarbushes, due to the excessive amount of nectar the flowers produce. Dormant buds survive the wildfires that so often clear the dry Cape land, only to emerge once the fire has gone out. The plants are, as such, hardy and can withstand the toughest of weather conditions.

Fynbos and Succulents living in harmony naturally

Groot Phesantefontein Game Ranch, perhaps less well-known is that this beautiful region forms part of South Africa’s Succulent Karoo Biome, which is identified as one of the country’s three biodiversity hotspots. South Africa’s Succulent Karoo is home to the richest diversity of succulent plant species on earth.

The succulent kingdom a huge array of shapes, sizes, colors and textures, are loved for their unique qualities and characteristics as well as their beauty. The word succulent comes from the Latin word sucus, meaning juice or sap. The kingdom of plants thrives where sunshine and water interlink. Some are strong, some are gentle. Succulents symbolize enduring and timeless love for they are tenacious plants that store water in their thick leaves and stems. They offer us a positive example by conserving water and flourishing in very difficult circumstances.